When we left our heroes, they were sitting down to a much-anticipated meal with Banedon’s former mentor, Chiban.
When the fare arrives, it is trout (great), potatoes (excellent), wine (even better) and……hakeroot.
I remember my manners, ask for more potatoes, discreetly push the ‘hakeroot’ to one side, and carry on.
Chiban essentially gives us the same exposition as Gwynian did on our previous attempt, filling Banedon and I in on the history of the Tahou Cauldron, and taking responsibility for arranging an appointment with the President and Senate.
Chiban makes the expected noises about being unable to accompany us personally, and our path then takes us to the same paragraph where we are granted an audience.
For reasons that aren’t really explained (and by ‘aren’t really, I mean ‘not at all’), Banedon can’t come with me, either to the Senate or into the Cauldron. I know this separation is for structure related reasons, but the book should have given a clearer reason for Lone Wolf having to now go it alone.
I appear before the Senate, and they have their usual debate about defiance vs appeasement.
The President casts his deciding vote and…
My R10 result of 4 means that my expedition is approved, but I am going to expose myself to Senator Chil’s betrayal. I am once more frustrated that my advance knowledge does not give me any ability to take appropriate precautions.
Aside : I drop a Meal and take a Blanket from Senator Chil’s warehouse, in the hope that it might assist after I get dropped into the icy water.
The rope is, inevitably, cut and I fall melodramatically into the abyss. However, this time I have the Discipline of Nexus to protect me, making an instadeath impossible on this R10 check.
A good thing too, because my R10 of 0 (!) would have meant death without my Nexus skill. This time, though, the +4 given by Nexus means that I live, but it seems I will have to discard items from my Backpack
Aside : Not that I’m complaining, but you would think items like my Chainmail Waistcoat and Shield would have caused me more difficulties than, you know, a Vial of Gold Dust.
My random check of which half of Backpack Items I lose means that I wave a wistful goodbye to my Rope, Lantern, Laumspur Potion, and, worst of all, my Flask of Boza!
Having shed my surplus items, I have to attempt another R10 check, where my Nexus skill means that I now have a 90% chance of surviving.
You know where this is going, don’t you?
My second consecutive R10 result of 0 means that I, once again, die an icy death.
If you have Nexus, as I did, the chance of that death happening were 0.4 x 0.1 = 4%.
Since this entry was fairly brief, I may try and do another this evening, since my sister-in-law is coming over, and I’m sure that she and my wife will probably watch a movie that…..well, let’s just say that I’m sure THEY’LL like it….
As a alternative conversation starter, I’ll just mention that I was having a great friendly debate on Twitter about top 10 favourite directors of all time. My list :
- David Lean.
- Alfred Hitchcock.
- Akira Kurosawa
- Steven Spielberg.
- Stanley Kubrick.
- Martin Scorsese
- Federico Fellini
- Michael Curtiz
- Francis Coppola
- Billy Wilder.
Have at it in comments!
Base Stats : CS : 19, E : 25, GC 42
Current Stats : CS : 34/34, E : 0/31
Weapons : Sword, Dagger
Weapon-Like Special Items : Silver Bow of Duadon (+3), Sommerswerd (+8 CS),
Backpack : Vial of Gold Dust, Lantern, Altar Cloth, Sacks of Silver (1),
Special Items : 1. Sommerswerd 2. Platinum Amulet, 3. Invitation 4. Shield (+2 CS), 5. Padded Waistcoat (+2 E), 6. Chainmail Waistcoat (+4 E) 7. Blue Stone Triangle Pendant, 8. EMPTY 9. Quiver (6 arrows), 10. Fireseeds (6), 11. EMPTY 12. Silver Bow of Duadon.
Extra Special Item : Receipt
Kai Monastery storage :
- Backpack Items : Sack of Silver
- Special Items : Mao of Tekaro, Diamonds (2), Boat Ticket, Power Key, Copper Key, Ornate Silver Key, Jewelled Mace, Dagger of Vashna, Brass Whistle. Quiver (4 arrows), Pass, Vial of Clear Liquid, Crystal Star Pendant
Magnakai Rank : Principalin
Magnakai Disciplines : Weaponmastery (+3 CS in Sword, Bow, Mace, Dagger, Spear, Quarterstaff), Pathmanship, Huntmastery, Divination, Invisibility, Nexus
Lore-Circles : Fire (+1 CS, +2 E), Solaris (+1 CS, +3 E)
Kai Disciplines : Camouflage, Animal Kinship, Tracking, Hunting, Sixth Sense, Healing, Mind Over Matter, Mindblast (+2CS), Mindshield, Weaponskill (+2 CS in Short Sword)
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